SAN FRANCISCO — By halftime Thursday, Spurs guard Bryn Forbes had logged as many minutes as the Moda Center popcorn vendor, the public address announcer and Gregg Popovich combined.
Which is to say, zero.
Forbes has vowed not to let these sorts of things bother him.
“I’m trying not to trip much about much of anything,” Forbes said.
When Devin Vassell’s recalcitrant right quadricep left him unavailable for the second half against Portland, Popovich dusted off Forbes.
After entering the game for the first time with 3:18 remaining in the third quarter, Forbes finished the night on a tear, pumping in 18 second-half points — including 16 in the fourth quarter — to keep the Spurs pointed toward a 114-83 victory.
Forbes made 7 of 9 field goals, including all three of the Spurs’ 3-pointers in the second half, and ended as the game’s leading scorer.
“I wish he would make a shot,” Popovich deadpanned afterward.
Forbes came into the game at a time in which the Spurs weren’t making much of anything.
After barreling out to a 68-47 lead at halftime, the Spurs went 5 of 18 for 16 points in the third quarter.
The Spurs went 5:48 of the frame without a field goal, managing a single free throw in that time.
Less than a minute after checking in for the first time, Forbes broke that drought with a driving basket.
“Bryn’s a professional scorer,” forward Doug McDermott…